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Dr. Christine Honsberger

Dr. Christine Honsberger, BCBA-D, is the Els for Autism Foundation Early Intervention Services Manager. Christine received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Northeastern University. Christine received her doctoral degree in Exceptional Student Education from Florida Atlantic University. Her dissertation topic was increasing parent language use for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

At the Foundation, Christine works to create and support on-going research endeavors. Research is conducted at The Els Center of Excellence campus both internally with the Els for Autism research team and through partnerships with outside universities. Research is designed to expand and extend existing knowledge about best-practice interventions and strategies.  Research at the foundation focuses on the following areas: Identification & Intervention, Sports & Fitness and Application of Evidenced-based Interventions for Adults.

In addition, Christine is actively involved in the development and delivery of behavior analytic services and education across programs. In her duties as a behavior analyst, Christine provides behavioral services to the families participating in our Global Outreach Autism Learning Services (GOALS) and provides programmatic support to our Early Educational services.  Christine is also a certified RUBI Therapists and provides parent training utilizing the RUBI Autism Network Parent Training curriculum.   


Brady, M., Honsberger, C., Cadette, J., Honsberger, T. (2015). Effects of Literacy Based Behavior Intervention Delivered by Peers on the Acquisition and Maintenance of Daily Living Skills in Adolescents with Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 51(2), 122-131.

Ahearn, W.H., Clark, K.M., DeBar, R., & Florentino, C. (2005). On the role of preference in response competition. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 38, 247-250.

Honsberger, T., Brady, M., Honsberger, C., Kearney, K., (2018) Peer-Mediated Literacy-Based Behavioral Interventions: A Job Coaching Strategy for Secondary Students With ASD, Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, Hammill Institute on Disabilities.


Brady, M., Honsberger, C., Kearney, K., Hall, K., & Bielskus-Barone. (2017) Using Literacy-Based Behavioral Interventions in the Classroom. Panel Presentation at the 18th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities, Clearwater, FL.

Randles, E., Gallagher, J., & Honsberger, C. (2017). Els for Autism #GameOn AutismTM Golf Program: Widening the Lens on Autism and Creating Communities. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium, Birmingham, AL.